Anyone else want to hear the long story of how Tom Skerrit came to be knocking on AHP's office door?
"like, if you choose to smoke your whole life and you get lung cancer? Or you have a heart attack at age 40 because you eat three Big Macs a day? That's understandably something people don't want to pay for"
no it fucking isn't. If you must make this noxious moral argument, then make it, don't toss this off like a casual disclaimer we can all agree on. We don't.
"No easy answers" is sometimes true and sometimes a fun thing people like to say to sound like they think a lot, about stuff. In fact, there is an easy answer: you qualify for health care by being ill or wounded, not by being good. The hard questions about the health care system are about supply, demand and costs; they are not about the deserving and the undeserving.
@OhMarie Yeah, I really like this answer. Some of those things individually were similar to stuff I did as a child, just out of ignorance. But my parents did not sit there and watch me do them, which is what it sounds like was going on here.
@supernintendochalmers I don't think this is about "normal kid behavior." It's about shitty parent behavior. Your kid is being an asshole? Okay, kids can be assholes. But you tell your kid "no" and set up some consequences, and tell him to get the remotes NOW or there will be no allowance, no movies, no friends over, no sleepovers, no XBox, no ice cream, and no special trip to kid-friendly-place until he gets his act together and stops behaving like a turd. And then you follow through.
I broke my own rule where I have to haughtily boycott all books titled in the unoriginal "The (Noun's) Dependent" format and read "The Orphan Master's Son" because John Green was such a big cheerleader for it, and I like that guy's can-do spirit. I really "enjoyed" it in the way I always "enjoy" gut-wrenching bummers. I don't know enough about North Korea to know how much is accurate, but even reading it as a dystopian fantasy novel, Oh my God. So good.
@frigwiggin That's not very supportive of me, I'm sorry.
Forward, not backward! Upward, not forward! And always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!
By frigwiggin on "The tragedy of Obama's presidency is that he's too much of a Ravenclaw and not enough of a Gryffindor."
I think I've told this story before, but a friend told me a story once about a friend of hers who got a pair of white booty shorts airbrushed with the words "DUMBLY-DEE" across the ass at a street fair, and then she'd go around wearing them under see-through pants so it showed through. I think Dumbledore would be honored.
By RK Fire on "The tragedy of Obama's presidency is that he's too much of a Ravenclaw and not enough of a Gryffindor."
Laura Bush = book-loving Hufflepuff
Is it just me or does having the guy that plays Jaime Lannister on the cover of a magazine that boasts it can teach people how to "Lose 10 lbs fast!" seem like it would promote rather...extreme methods for weight loss? (How much does a hand weigh, anyways?)